I attended one of the UDO (Unified Development Ordinance) public learning and review sessions this evening, it lasted about 30 minutes. I only know this because as I was heading in, the session was wrapping up. I was bummed to be late and miss the session, but got a chance to catch up with Ken Bowers, Deputy Director, Department of City Planning and Lee Einsweiler, Principal-in-Charge, Code Studio.
Talking with other folks afterwords, the session was a good update on the project and a time to get questions answered. Comments on the Diagnostic & Approach Report are due by March 31, 2010. Anyone (that includes you) can comment directly on the report by logging into the Limehouse web portal at http://raleigh-consult.limehouse.com/portalI’m about half-way through the report, which is well-written and easy to understand. I would imagine most people reading this post might be interested in section 3, which is titled: Community, Not Subdivisions. The section talks about key issues like open space, transitions, and housing options. This is probably where I will focus most of my comments for the report.
I know the District D Neighborhood Alliance is reviewing the report and has divided into working groups based on chapters in the report. They are going to provide comments in the Limehouse portal based on the group review of the report.
Remember the goal of the UDO is to “translate Raleigh’s goals and aspirations for the built environment, as set forth in the recently adopted 2030 Comprehensive Plan, into clear code standards that produce a predictable built form.” You should have a look and help shape the future of Raleigh with your participation.
Resources for your review of the UDO:
- Can Form-Based Zoning Save Raleigh’s Growth?
- Form-Based Zoning Q&A
- New Raleigh Code Citizen Advisory Council and neighborhood work group – http://www.fivepointscac.org/newraleighcode/
- Limehouse portal: http://raleigh-consult.limehouse.com/portal
- New Raleigh Code: www.newraleighcode.com